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Trail Work Saturday

verve825 said:
Anybody have recent beta on current Coe trail conditions? All info very much appreciated.

Thanks and respect,

jb
There are about 6 trees down on Cross Canyon Trail, a lot of the trails are rutted from the heavy rains with loose rock making the climbs tougher, Anza/Jackson is in pretty good shape since the recent trail work. People have been clearing trees around but I'm sure there are areas you might have to lug your bike around a downed tree.

There is trail work going on Saturday, February 13th at 9am. Also, February 27th at 9am there will be another trail work day. Paul Nam is organizing 2 trail work days a month in Coe for the next few months as there is a lot of work needed.

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Rode south Coe on Saturday and Monday and not only was the weather perfect, the trails were awesome as well. Coming down Cattle Duster (or is it Coit Springs?) there were a few rutted out spots in the singletrack, but nothing serious.

Watch out for ticks though.
 

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Rode HQ--> Flat Frog --> Middle ridge --> Los Cruzeros --> China Hole --> HQ on Sunday...conditions were perfect. Note though that the stream crossing require you to get wet up to your knees...or bunny hop really high and far...
 

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Perfect! As of Thursday, Feb 18, 2010

Ever since I broken a pedal on my first and only hooky ride at Henry Coe, I had been wary about repeating it. But I had to do it today, a Thursday, aka a work day, for a few reasons: 1) the reason that I have this demo bike with me was because I told the bike rep that for me to buy a bike, I had to take it to an ultimate test at Henry Coe first; 2) The weather was moving in on Friday; 3) my vacation time was about to max out again. Charlie (aka Skyline35), Greg (aka locoyokel), and Eric (aka the dude I was asking about) joined me. I knew I was in for a fun day.

At 9am, the sun already hit the Hunting Hollow parking lot, and it was pleasant, so much so that I took my jacket off. Poor Charlie. He panicked in this unseasonal warmth and cried, "I don't need to bundle up. I don't know what to do now!"

The route we took was roughly: Hunting Hollow parking lot -> R: Gilroy Hot Springs Road -> Coit Road -> R: Serpentine -> R: Timm Trail -> R: Coit Road -> R: Anza -> R: Jackson -> Elderberry Sprint Trail -> L: Jackson Road -> R: Wasno Road -> Kelly Lake -> Kelly Cabin Canyon Trail -> Cross Canyon Trail -> R: Grapevine -> L: Anza -> Coit Road -> Skinny on Gilroy Hot Springs bridge -> Gilroy Hot Springs Road -> Hunting Hollow parking lot (23.9 mi / 4560') If anyone is looking for a fun route at Henry Coe with a lot of singletrack but not too much punishment (not that there is anything wrong with that), I strongly recommend this route.

This was my first time riding with Eric. Very soon into our ride, I discovered that he had an obsession -- he was obsessed with cleaning trash and clearing loose debris and hazards off of the trails. He made frequent stops, but pedaling efficiently on his hard tail, he was leading the way most of the time. I confess I had my own obsession as well -- when I was on a climb, I just could not stop, at least not until I was about to tip over. So, it was a repeated scene on today's ride that Eric stopped to saw off some hanging branches or remove some fallen debris, and I would ride up to him and pass right on by without stopping. I sometimes did say, "Thanks, dude!" Well, an obsession is an obsession. What can you do about it?

Actually, despite our route being fairly short (by the Coe standard), we spent quite a few hours out there because: 1) guys could talk, and 2) they did quite a bit impromptu trail work along the way. I couldn't help but feeling inspired, so I kicked a few little rocks off of the trail at one point.

Ever since I saw Charlie's picture of Brian/knobs riding the skinny on Gilroy Hot Springs bridge (link), I had been interested in checking it out. Actually, on the later part of the ride, I was quite fixated on playing on the skinny and made sure my wish was heard by the guys. Finally, we were there. I jumped right on it, and then, I fell right off of it. No biggie, because there was no real danger there, well, except when I almost fell into the barbwire fence leading to the bridge when I failed to mount the bike. Charlie commented with a big smile, "Nice job!" and Eric and Greg laughed. Hey, were the guys laughing at me? That would have totally bruised my self-esteem. But on my best run, I managed to stay on the skinny and rode on and on and on (it felt like forever) and finally fell off of it maybe about 20' before the very end (I think it was more because of excitement). I rode back out with my head held high toward the thundering claps from the cheering crowd. If I had been able to take my hands off of the bar and punch into the sky without falling over, I would have done it.

Well, I'd better keep my post short so I could beat Charlie to it. My pictures pale in comparison to his. But Charlie's fans, do not hold your hope too high. I don't think I saw him with his camera out much on the ride. At one point, we even asked, "Should you go ahead? We'll wait for a few seconds and then ride in single file by you, so you can take pictures." He hesitated and replied something like, well, the sun was not right, and I think he might even said something about the gentle breeze being in the wrong direction or something. Excuses, excuses. I couldn't help but wondering if we were not photogenic enough for him. There was an exception though. When we were playing on the skinny, I urged Charlie to give it a try. He held on to his dear camera and replied, "No~~~~~, I'm taking pictures!"

Oh, did I say I should keep my post short?

Remember how helpless Charlie felt in front of boulders?
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Eric and Greg decided to do something about it.

Hmmm...First time seeing these flowers


Can you tell which picture of Greg was taken at the beginning of the ride, which at the end?


Charlie greets from Henry Coe.


Eric in his tick suit.
https://www.mudncrud.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=40130&g2_serialNumber=2 />

Guys can talk.
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All my pictures are in the gallery

 

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Trail conditions are splish-splash:





mudworm stood in 12" of water and said that her Gortex socks kept her feet dry:



locoyokel:



Shooting Stars and the sun:



mudworm schools us on riding the skinny over the Gilroy Hot Springs bridge:



Eric can't believe how far mudworm goes on this attempt:



The slackers who showed up today; Eric, locoyokel, and mudworm (on the test Titus FTM carbon):



Fun, fun, fun!
///Charlie





 

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Urgh.. you're killing me with midweek Coe pictures!

On my last ride at Coe, I got my feet very wet down on Cross Canyon. No biggie except that when I got home, and ever since, my shoes smell like.. well, cat's piss. I've cleaned all traces of mud off them, soaked them for a few hours in an anti-bacterial soln, and even tried soaking them in a cleaning product especially designed to remove "cat's piss" smell (uses enzymes).

And yet they still have that glorious aroma!

Anyone come across this and got a good fix?

It makes me wonder what's in the water in Coe :)
 

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ratpick said:
On my last ride at Coe, I got my feet very wet down on Cross Canyon. No biggie except that when I got home, and ever since, my shoes smell like.. well, cat's piss. I've cleaned all traces of mud off them, soaked them for a few hours in an anti-bacterial soln, and even tried soaking them in a cleaning product especially designed to remove "cat's piss" smell (uses enzymes).

And yet they still have that glorious aroma!

Anyone come across this and got a good fix?

It makes me wonder what's in the water in Coe :)
I just checked my still-drying shoes and sure enough, they stink to high heaven. I always air out shoes and clothes outside, thankfully. Not quite as nasty as cat pee, but similar.

I'm trying some general-purpose-but-not-so-caustic-that-it-might-dissolve-my-shoes cleaner. We'll see if it works.

Weird thing is that I've never noticed it after soaking my feet on Cross Canyon before - maybe it's the time of year and some slime spores or something...or maybe all the mountain lions in California have decided to run over to that creek to take a piss!
 

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You guys just have to make me walk out of the house all the way to the car, grab my shoes, and shuffle them into my own face? Well, I just did it. I'm sorry to tell you guys that my shoes smell absolutely nothing at all despite me having stood in that creek for more than a minute posing for Charlie to take a picture. The hubby refuses to smell my shoes for me (he said there were group therapies for people who do things like that), so you just have to take my words for it.
 

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Interesting - so it's not the Cross Canyon water then. I had my feet in there a lot, even when making successful crossings. The other place I got wet was the creek crossings near Hunting Hollow.

The smell seems to be slowly diminishing with time and riding (esp with riding); the cat urine stain treatment seemed to help a bit, but certainly didn't eradicate it. Every so often, the wind will be right when I'm riding and it will waft up.. urgh!
 

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My shoes are getting pretty old...and I let them air out outside, so the smell may be slowly getting worse with shoe age and I just don't notice since they dry out without me smelling them. I must admit that I don't normally stick my nose in dirty wet shoes just to check if the stink smells like cat pee...
 

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Tee hee.. my nose usually feels no attraction to shoes either. My shoes sit in our garage normally and the whole garage smelled like a cat had been locked in there (which was my first thought). It was so strong that it took me a while to narrow it down to my shoes :)

My shoes normally don't smell - I air them out pretty well after every ride (especially when they do get wet). My biggest panic was that this was something organic that might actually be eating the shoe materials.
 

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The thread takes an ugly turn here
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ratpick said:
On my last ride at Coe, I got my feet very wet down on Cross Canyon. No biggie except that when I got home, and ever since, my shoes smell like.. well, cat's piss. I've cleaned all traces of mud off them, soaked them for a few hours in an anti-bacterial soln, and even tried soaking them in a cleaning product especially designed to remove "cat's piss" smell (uses enzymes). And yet they still have that glorious aroma!
:)

But is back on track here:

grumblingcrustacean said:
Never been out to Coe, but these pics seriously have me wanting to go. I could find time mid week if anyone is willing to offer to be a tour guide!

-j
Didn't mean to ignore you; with the rains, it wasn't a good week to get out there.

A bit of Coe content in today's Mercury: https://www.mercurynews.com/ci_14455779 . "Pedal in wilderness". There is even a picture of a crazy mountain biker holding an animal skull!

///Charlie
 
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